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Special Issue "Local Government Responses to Catalyse Sustainable Urban Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Christopher N.H. Doll

Department of Geography & Geology, Kingston University London, Kingston, UK
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Interests: urban sustainability; climate change mitigation; urban health; co-benefits; systems thinking
Guest Editor
Dr. Alexandros Gasparatos

Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
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Interests: ecosystem services; sustainability assessment; food security; urban metabolism; green economy; biodiversity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There has been a proliferation of strategies and initiatives to catalyze sustainability transitions. While many of these efforts are planned and negotiated at the national or international level, most are, in fact, implemented at the city level. Local governments are increasingly being asked, or indeed are taking the lead, to develop solutions, which tackle important sustainability issues ranging from climate change mitigation and adaptation to pollution, ecosystem degradation, health and well-being, social justice, sustainable consumption and production as well as broader economic development. The confined nature of urban living facilitates the identification of co-benefits and trade-offs in policymaking and, in this sense, cities can be seen as laboratories of how to develop sustainable societies. The recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, and particularly SDG11 to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” further highlights the critical role that local government has to play in achieving a more sustainable future.

The aim of this Special Issue is to explore how local governments across different geographies plan and implement interventions as a response to pressing sustainability challenges. This may include case studies with examples from individual cities or comparative analyses across cities on a specific sustainability issue. Papers should include a critical analysis of the outcomes of these responses from local governments. Conceptual works on the role of local government across broader sustainability issues may also be considered.

Papers that do not contain a strong element on local government responses to sustainability issues or challenges will not be considered.

Dr. Christopher N.H. Doll
Dr. Alexandros Gasparatos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access bimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • local government
  • urban sustainability
  • cities
  • co-benefits
  • sustainability strategy and action plans

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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